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December 2018 Fitness Blog Income Report

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Hi everyone! I know this fitness blog income report is a little late but I wanted to share it in hopes of catching up.

By now you probably know that much of what I do is trial-and-error (a lot of error). I share the ups and downs and wins and failures about pretty much everything on my blog.

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I started blogging after my daughter was born in 2014. My primary goal was to earn money from home. It took me about two years to teach myself how to blog.

But once I did, I figured out how to make $900+ per month in just a few months with my last blog. I could have made a lot more (some bloggers do it full time and make 5+ figures monthly).

But I got overwhelmed and my fitness goals started to take a backseat to blogging, so I took a break. For almost a year, I focused on just getting healthy again.

But something didn’t feel right. I felt like blogging was a big, powerful secret I was keeping. It felt like it was what I was meant to do.

Yet I didn’t take blogging back up because I was worried that I couldn’t balance it with my fitness goals. So I gave myself an ultimatum – if I wanted to blog, it needed to be about health and fitness.

Related Reading: How I’m Using My Blog To Reach My Fitness Goals (& Make Money!)

For the sake of my mental and physical health, I didn’t want to be less committed to fitness. I decided to go all-in and become a personal trainer. (Mission accomplished in November 2017!)

But I knew that I didn’t want to go back to work immediately (I just had my second baby in January 2018) and I knew that I wanted to tap into the crazy income-generating potential that blogging held. I just knew in my heart that a virtual business was in the cards for me.

So I started this blog knowing that it would take some time to build and knowing that it would be mostly fitness related.

But like I said, I started talking to more people about health and fitness and realized that blogging can be more than a tool for accountability. It can be used for making money, too – no matter who you are. 

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fitness blog income report broken down by revenue stream

Why Share My Fitness Blog Income Report?

I want to share my monthly goals and fitness blog income report with you so that you can see how blogging helps me stay accountable for my health, income, and business. If that’s something that can inspire you, soak it up and roll with it!

If you’re looking for a way to expand your business as a health professional, or you’re looking for a way to be accountable for your own fitness goals, this is something you’ll want to be reading.

You don’t have to be a personal trainer, health coach, Beachbody coach, etc. You just have to be someone who has health or fitness goals. 

Blog Income & How It All Works

There are many ways to make money online, but blogging is unique and versatile. There are a few major ways to make money blogging – affiliate sales, selling your own products, with ads, etc. I’m not going to go into much detail about those because I already wrote an entire post about that here. But I would like to share with you my current “income report” for this blog, even though I currently don’t have any real monetary goals set for it.

If you want to learn about starting your own blog, I wrote a post about how to start a fitness blog to explain it.

I did, however, make a few dollars this month through social media and blog stuff. Keep in mind that I am not currently trying to make money actively, and I still consider myself in the “building” phase.

Psst! I recently created an online nutrition course jam-packed with information on food mindset, exercise science, and nutrition education so that I could pass that knowledge on to you. Check it out!

If you’re a blogger (fitness related or not) maybe this will give you some ideas of how to monetize. I personally don’t like to put all of my eggs in one basket!

December 2018 Fitness Blog Income Report

Amazon: $8.01

Ebates: $3.89

Siteground: $50 (I helped one person start their own blog.)

Inbox Dollars: $6.19

Activate: $46.76

IZEA: $15.87

Display Ads (I use Media.net): $4.45

ShareASale: $13.85 This houses many affiliate programs for the products I feature on my blog, like Paleo Plan.

Total: $149.02

As you can see, my current fitness blog income report is nothing to write home about. However, I had a huge increase over last month, so I’m happy with these numbers and it feels great to be able to buy some Christmas presents for my daughter with my own money!

Next month I hope to be able to share a boost in both page views and income with you! I am making some pretty big changes and have decided to join as a Beachbody coach, so that may really impact my income (or not!)… we’ll see! Note: I’m no longer a BB coach!

A Very Short Explanation of How Blogging Works

A blog is just a website. To own a website that has income-generating potential, a domain name and independent hosting is needed. My domain name is ironwildfitness.com and I am hosted using a company called Siteground.

Once you have a website, you can build it and write about anything you like. Your blog can be promoted in several ways (so people actually visit it) but most bloggers use social media for primary traffic.

You provide content (blog posts, articles, whatever) and people read it. You can then make money by promoting products you’ve created or by promoting for others. This can be done with links or ads that link to other brands. You can promote essentially anything. The brands or networks will track the source of their sales or leads (your blog) and give you a cut. Easy, peasy.

That is a very short, very general explanation – but you can see how it’s like any other type of marketing. Your blog is a marketing tool.

Or, if you want, your blog can just be yours to vent, share fitness goals, and connect with others.

It’s pretty cool!

If you’ve never been a blogger, it may sound intriguing but very confusing. Here are some more in-depth posts about blogging for business or fitness.

How a Blog Can Be Used to Reach Fitness Goals

Without accountability, no goals would ever be met. I use this blog to share before and after pictures, workouts, recipes, and reflections PUBLICLY. I also run challenge groups that keep me highly accountable. Building a community and telling others about my goals is big-time effective when it comes to follow-through. With blogging, you decided everything that happens on your blog. That means the level of transparency and vulnerability you take your blog to is your own choice.

For me, the more transparent I am, the more people I really connect with. You can have that, too!

Do you have more questions? I look forward to sharing next month’s fitness blog income report with you all but want to make sure I address all of your needs, so let me know below!

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